Bordered by the river, St. Charles Avenue, Poydras Street, and the Pontchartrain Expressway, and filled with former factories and cotton warehouses, the Warehouse District began its renaissance when the city hosted the World's Fair here in 1984. Structures that housed the international pavilions during the fair now make up the New Orleans Morial Convention Center and a number of hotels, restaurants, bars, and music venues.
Today the Warehouse District is one of the trendiest residential and arts-and-nightlife areas of the city, dotted with modern renovations of historic buildings and upscale loft residences. A concentration of upscale galleries, auction houses, and artist studios lines Julia Street, a main thoroughfare, and you can try your hand at glassmaking and printmaking in some of the studios. By night you'll find excellent eateries, bustling live-music venues old and new, and numerous neighborhood and hotel bars ranging from casual to the very chic. All are patronized by scores of young professionals, mixing with tourists and longtime residents.